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Global Village: another event, just another problem for Yamuna

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As if all the dumping of untreated sewage and the upcoming Commonwealth Games wasn't enough a month long Global Village festival is planned on Yamuna's floodplains. Following is an article by Bahar Dutt (for CNN-IBN) highlighting the issue. Global Village has Yamuna gasping It's a shocking tale of environment laws flouted for a month-long shopping extravaganza. An artificial shopping 'paradise' called Global Village being built on the banks of River Yamuna may have permanently damaged the floodplains of the river and could now affect the water supply into Delhi. “This Global Village is going to be the end of this river,” says Convenor of Yamuna Jiya Abhiyan, Manoj Misra. Inspired by the Dubai Shopping Festival, experts like Misra opine the month-long Global Village - that spreads across
Trees being numbered to facilitate their cutting

Trees being numbered to facilitate their cutting

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The carving of numbers on trees in the Delhi Univeristy Campus, which has been done around the Delhi University Sports Ground is (also) linked to the Commonwealth Games. Since the University Sports Ground needs to be expanded for some of the Commonwealth Game Events (which will be held here), the trees around it have to be removed. This is yet another Commonwealth Games' vice - depriving us of our common-wealth: the green cover! Meanwhile, I had taken the following image some 2 weeks back. This is what has happened to it now (Dated: April 3rd, 2007) The exudates that are seen coming out are actually the food of the tree, which was to be transported from the upper part (leaves) of the tree to all other parts. It may be noted here that the numbering of trees is only done so that the
To McDonalds, Delhi

To McDonalds, Delhi

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If you have a friend, relative working in McDonalds, please tell him to read the following. This is for all the McDonalds operating in and around the capital. I think I speak for many when I say this to the McDonald's staff , "Guys, If I wanted a McVeggie I would have asked for one. The reason that I have asked for a Veg Surprise is because I WANT to have a Veg Surprise!"
Trees for Delhi – Candle Light Vigil

Trees for Delhi – Candle Light Vigil

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Trees for Delhi  an action group formed by a bunch of concerned citizens and environment NGOs - in one of the 'first of its kind' attempt - is organising a candle light vigil to save the trees of Delhi that are marked for felling for the construction of the first phase of the High Capacity Bus Service (HCBS) in South-Central Delhi. Here is the invitation from the Organisation - Lend a ray of support to thousands of trees being cut in Delhi. Take a stand against anti-environment city planning. The vigil is a peaceful effort to inform the people of Delhi about the ongoing massacre of trees. Over 35,000 trees have already been cut for Metro Phase-I, National Highway Project, High Capacity Bus Service Corridor, flyovers, underpasses, subways, and general road widening, We believe that t

Work on biodiversity park in the ridge stayed!

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According to Delhi Newsline, the Delhi High Court on March 21 stayed construction on the biodiversity park in Vasant Kunj based on a PIL stating that the area was part of the Ridge and was to be preserved in its “pristine glory”. The High Court also issued notices to the DDA, Ministry of Urban Development and Delhi government asking why the 223-hectare area, which is adjacent to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), had not been notified as part of the Ridge till date despite several committees directing that it be declared and protected as part of the Ridge. The petition filed by Vinod Kumar Jain alleged that the “... DDA, which is in possession of the land”... plans to develop a safari park, picnic huts and refreshment areas in the park. Such “non-forest” activity would destroy the charac
How Would You Like Your Name Carved On Your Body?

How Would You Like Your Name Carved On Your Body?

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When I returned from my field trip last month I noticed that someone had scraped off a part of the lower trunk of all the trees in and around North Campus and numbered them. Delhi University Nursery Garden After I enquired about it from one of the gardeners, he pointed towards the Kamla Nehru (North Delhi) Ridge and informed that sarkari karamchaaris from janglaat (Forest Department I believe) have done this so that no tree can be cut without their permission. Lately I have been noticing this in several other places of the capital as well. Cavalry Lane This is a horrifying way of protecting trees (if it is for that purpose). The bark has been removed to a considerable depth in some of the trees making them vulnerable to pest attack. At places it is so deep that it may have ...
“I Have Never Been To a More Green City” Says Prof. Wangari Maathai

“I Have Never Been To a More Green City” Says Prof. Wangari Maathai

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Photo Courtesy: HT The Eighth Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Meet (held on 21st March 2007 at the Jawahar Bhawan) invited Nobel Peace Prize winner, Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai. At a time when the world is facing a global warming crisis, Prof. Maathai’s lecture on ‘Environment, Democracy & Peace: A critical link’ could not be better timed. Through her Green Belt Movement, Prof. Maathai has planted billions of trees and cared for million others. Prior to her lecture, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi welcomed the guests and reminded us of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote which has literally become the punch line of present day environmentalism, “The World has enough for everybody’s need but not enough for everybody’s greed.” “I have never been to a more green city”, was Prof. Maathai’s complement to New
Delhi Greens Blog: One for the Greens of Delhi!

Delhi Greens Blog: One for the Greens of Delhi!

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One for the Greens (of Delhi) ! The Delhi Greens Blog is being launched as an effort to highlight the green spaces, flora and fauna of Delhi and sensitise people about the pressing environmental and social issues in and around the capital city.   Please send in your contributions, suggestions, articles to govind@delhigreens.org   Translate this Blog: This Blog is run by The Al Gore/ Climate Project Presenters